"We didn't find any person guilty on those accusations, right? The military said the sharp reduction was driven by a lack of necessary equipment." Yet following the report, Sri Lanka repatriated 114 of the troops. But a number of the troops also hadn't passed the vetting, said Atul Khare, who heads the U. department that oversees the conduct and discipline unit. But even de Silva said he was unaware of what actually had happened.
It wasn't the first time that Sri Lankan soldiers were accused of sexual abuse: In 2007, a group of Haitian children identified 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers in a child sex ring that went on for three years, the AP reported in April.
In that case, the Sri Lankan military repatriated 114 of the peacekeepers, but none was ever jailed.
In fact, Sri Lanka has never prosecuted a single soldier for sexual assault or sexual misconduct while serving in a peacekeeping mission abroad, the AP found. officials update their records and reconcile data from old files.
The alleged abuses committed by its troops abroad stem from a culture of impunity that arose during Sri Lanka's civil war and has seeped into its peacekeeping missions. has deployed thousands of peacekeepers from Sri Lanka despite these unresolved allegations of war crimes at home. Sri Lankan officials will have "to certify in writing that (they're) not aware of any allegations against any unit member having been involved in the commission of any acts that amount to violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law," he said. Congolese troops also have been accused of war crimes during their own longstanding war. needs troops," Annan told the AP earlier this month.
Dias didn't talk to the accuser, he told The Associated Press, nor did he interview medical staff who examined her.